The Mutilated | This work was the result of several assignments to photograph and write about the civilian casualties of the Civil War in Sierra Leone in the late 1990’s. It followed logically from the “Lord of the Flies”. In 2004 I returned again to photograph the situation of the amputees in a period of reconstruction. The news crews doing the ‘atrocity tour’ had long gone by now. I wanted to show the misery of their injuries but also the tender, everyday moments that make up the victims' lives. I found Hassan Fufona, the amputee boy with Polio who I’d photographed begging years before, with a new wife and adopted war orphan children living on a small piece of land upcountry. I found a vibrant and proud amputee footbal team. I found a double amputee woman who'd returned from an ‘adoption’ in the USA to be with her family. I found Ibrahim raising his child.
Small things. Beautiful things.
First Place Issue Reporting Story, Magazine. Pictures of the Year (POYi) 2004